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A temporary engagement, a lifetime in the making . . .After years of fending for herself, Kate Taylor found friendship and acceptance in Spindle Cove—but she never stopped yearning for love. The very last place she'd look for it is in the arms of Corporal Thorne. The militia commander is as stone cold as he is brutally handsome. But when mysterious strangers come searchingA temporary engagement, a lifetime in the making . . .After years of fending for herself, Kate Taylor found friendship and acceptance in Spindle Cove—but she never stopped yearning for love. The very last place she'd look for it is in the arms of Corporal Thorne. The militia commander is as stone cold as he is brutally handsome. But when mysterious strangers come searching for Kate, Thorne steps forward as her fiancé. He claims to have only Kate's safety in mind. So why is there smoldering passion in his kiss?Long ago, Samuel Thorne devoted his life to guarding Kate's happiness. He wants what's best for her, and he knows it's not marriage to a man like him. To outlast their temporary engagement, he must keep his hands off her tempting body and lock her warm smiles out of his withered heart. It's the toughest battle of this hardened warrior's life . . . and the first he seems destined to lose....

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A Lady by Midnight Reviews

  • Anne
    2018-11-08 17:24

    2.5 starsThis is one of those that I didn't know bothered me...until I was done with it.You know what I mean?Like, I enjoyed it while I was reading it, but once it was over, I had all these complaints in my head.So.It's not going down as a favorite, but this was fluffy enough to scratch my trashy romance itch. Even at (what I thought) was her worst, Tessa Dare still spins a readable yarn.Plus, there was a cute puppy that helped push them together. Dawwww!But. The love story between these two could have been so much better if there hadn't been so much unnecessary drama on Thorne's part. I'm not big on spoilers, but the mystery of their past was pretty evident from the get-go, and even if you don't exactly know specifics, it was easy enough to have a correct general guess. In other words, I probably don't need to tag this, but I will anyway.(view spoiler)[OK, so from the beginning, all Kate remembers of her childhood before going to the orphanage (or whatever it was called), was someone saying, "Be brave, my Katie.". And she's held on to this, because it meant that somewhere out there someone had once loved her as a child.And then, as soon as Thorne is introduced, you find out that he's been avoiding her, because he doesn't ever want anyone to connect her to him. Cuz it would be devastating to her if she found out about her past! But at the same time, he's totally hot for her, so you know they're not related. Anyway, right off the bat, you realize that he must have been the person who dropped her off at the orphanage, telling her to be brave. And since he's not much older than she is, you can assume that they were both children somewhere together, and he must have rescued her from something fairly nefarious. Like a whorehouse. Which was exactly what happened. (hide spoiler)]So, ta-da! Now, for the rest of the book, Thorne keeps pushing her away. Which, in the beginning, you can kind of understand. I mean, he doesn't want her to find out how their pasts intersected. BUT.After a while, she finds out what happened, and he still keeps pushing her away, because he insists that he isn't good enough for her.Are you...? What?!How does that even make sense, crazy man?! (view spoiler)[You saved her from a life of child prostitution! Like, they were prepping her to get pimped out!(hide spoiler)]Thorne was the actual DEFINITION of good enough for her.Ok, ok. I get that life had beaten him down as a kid, and he had some serious self-esteem issues. But by the end of the book, I was just fucking over his self-sacrificing shit.She's crazy about you. Marry her, already!There were also a few too many random things thrown into their path to keep them apart. Like his PTSD. It felt tacked-on, to me. And then at the end, that thing with her cousin(view spoiler)[who suddenly felt the need to marry her? What the hell was that?! He was basically trying to guilt her into giving up her entire fortune, so he could save his siblings' reputations. Understandable. But that certainly didn't make him seem like a good guy. If he was a decent person, and he knew she loved another man, then why didn't he just ask her to keep supporting his family once she inherited? Blech. What an ass (hide spoiler)]!And after that, he & Thorne had that ridiculous big fight over her honor? I know it was supposed to be this funny scene - what with all the pulling javelins off the wall, and pausing so Kate could hear her student sing a song in the ballroom - but (again) by the end, I was just over it. It started out like the intro to the Benny Hill Show... And then ended on this laughably odd, pseudo-dark note. Ok. Even having bitched and bitched about all of this stuff, I have to say, it was still a decent book. I think the majority of my problems with it come from this: I like my heroes to have self-esteem.Especially the ones who are born into a lower class than the women they are courting.It feels cringy when I read about someone who can't seem to get over their feelings of inadequacy, especially when it's not deserved. I guess I just like my trashy guys to be confident and comfortable in their skin.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Jilly
    2018-10-19 11:09

    Ugh! Shoot me if I ever lose enough self-respect to act like this girl!We have Kate, the love-sick, desperate loser, and Thorne, the alpha-jerk who treats her like crap and continually tells her to go away. But, she won't listen. No. She is convinced that they belong together, so she throws herself at him over and over again. It's pathetic. Not romantic.The only reason I gave two stars to this book is because Kate's family is awesome. There really needs to be an entire series based on these eccentric aristocrats themselves. I would totally read it. Unless Kate is there. She sucks so bad that she's pulling small planets into her personality.

  • Alp
    2018-11-02 15:07

    This was my ok read, neither good nor bad. Some parts of the story were wonderful, some parts bored me to tears, some parts nearly drove me insane, but other bits kept me patiently waiting in anticipation.A Lady by Midnight had so much potential to be a great read because there was a brilliant plot idea. But alas, it didn’t deliver the way I expected it to be. The story moved so slowly, especially in the first half. There were too many filler scenes in which I had to skim through some pages. Thankfully, the remaining half of the book got better. It picked up its pace a bit and I found myself eagerly wanted to know what exactly happened between Thorne and Kate in their past.What worked for me.1. The plot idea. It was so intriguing.2. Badger. It's a smart and brave pup who stole my heart since he first showed up in a scene.3. The mystery of Kate’s childhood. It kept me wondering why Thorne lied to her, why kept this secret from her.What didn't work for me.1. The romance. It was a let down. I felt no chemistry between them. Thorne kept pushing Kate away while Kate kept chasing after Thorne. Nope. Not for me.2. Kate. She was another character whom I couldn’t connect with. Besides, she did irritate me at times.3. The slow pacing.At somewhere around 70% of the book, I started to think about giving it 4 stars. But near the end when (view spoiler)[Thorne deliberately pushed Kate into another man’s arms (hide spoiler)], I went crazy! Damn, it was unacceptable! One of my most important rules: NO PUSHING AWAY. And look what he did! I immediately reduced my rating to 3 stars. And that’s me being generous.Perhaps Tessa Dare’s works and I are not destined for each other. Three books should be enough to prove this. So, it’s the right time for me to say goodbye to this author.-----------------------------------------------**Thank you for the buddy read my lovely friends, Aileene and Jess.

  • Aileene
    2018-10-30 11:05

    And the buddy read saga continues...Reading this MANstruating grumpy male on 27 June with my lovelies Jess and Alp///////////////////////////One of my best discoveries this past few weeks has been the Historical Romance and one of the best discoveries in this genre is Tessa Dare's Spindle Cove series, And A Lady By Midnight is, well, one good reason why I'm loving this genre more. This is a sequel (of sorts) to A Week To Be Wicked. This is the story of Kate Taylor and Samuel Thorne.{Samuel} Thorne. The delicious MANstruating corporal of Spindle Cove who was very tough and rough, who perfected the art of glowering on his too ruggedly handsome face, but secretly loving Kate from afar.Kate Taylor. Our heroine who grew up as an orphan, her positive attitude is unparalleled, tirelessly searches for her identity and roots as she yearns for a family to belong to.Thorne is drawn to Kate with such a primal need it makes you believe there's a deeper connection rather than just the physical. His desire for Kate is a palpable.Whilst Kate just thinks he's rude and very intimidating yet still she couldn't ignore his raw masculinity.Thorne made Kate uncomfortable. Kate distracted Thorne. My expectations?Explosions of love.Did it happen? No. Because our sexy but very stubborn corporal, no matter how he made me imagine naughty images“Good heavens. Some part of you is moving.”“No, it’s not.” Thorne conducted a quick, silent assessment of his personal equipment.”“His gaze never left her bodice, surveying. Strategizing. “I could rip them with my teeth.”“Her belly met with the hard, pulsing ridge of his arousal.My goodness.(MY GOODNESS INDEED!) Someone notify Lady Harriet. There was a monumental erection to be found in Wilmington, after all.”Did you really think something else would load up? *grins* Was shut entirely because of all the secrets he was keeping. Secrets that involve Kate and himself.But our very buoyant heroine, Kate, who never fails to see the light at the end of the tunnel, didn't give up and persistently peeled Thorne's layers oh so slowly revealing his true feelings that gave this story short bursts of sexy times. Did I like it? Hells bells YES! I loved how it was rationed out to me. It kept my neurons in my brain firing sexy and naughty images in my head. But as much as I loved it, I wanna kick Thorne's equipment no matter how monumental his man jewel can get when it's saluting Katie. Why? Because, he just kept pushing Kate away, that's why.Not just once, not just twice but many a time. The bastard even (view spoiler)[ pushed her to marry another man.(hide spoiler)]This made Aileene annoyed. Aileene doesn't take rejection kindly. If more than one rejection happened, be prepared as Aileene will make sure you won't see the next daylight. But if you were Momoa... WELL! Aileene will definitely sing a different tune.Aileene doesn't know why she talks about herself in the third person but Aileene's having fun.Anyways, we're deviating from the reason why I'm here - my review.I really adored the characters. Kate and her spunk. Thorne and his stubbornness, though was too much at one point but he is what Katie wants so I wanted him for her. The storyline is enjoyable. This is my second HR read so my experience is very measly but I can say it's quite different from what I expect from a historical romance. Rating this 4Grumpy-is-sexy Stars By now, I think I'd even recommend a grocery list if it was written by Ms Dare. Shout out to Ms Joanita for recommending this awesome series. I adore you, woman! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Dino-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮
    2018-10-30 11:24

    Did someone say grumpy, brooding, sulking leading man? SIGN ME UP FOR SOME OF THAT. Thorne was the worst best. While he was very passionate and I could tell he truly did love Kate, he was constantly pushing her away because he thought he was doing what was best for her. DUDE. SHE SAID SHE WANTS YOU FOREVER. DON'T TRY TO (view spoiler)[ MAKE HER MARRY ANOTHER MAN(hide spoiler)] YOU STUPID ASSHAT! I didn't mind the pushing away at the start, but it became a little too much by the end of the book. I wish this had have been toned down just a little. Kate. My little ray of sunshine and happiness. I really enjoyed her as a character. An eternal optimist even in the darkest of times, she was lovely. And the fact that she took care of Thorne when he was ill, even at the risk of ruining her reputation, was glorious. She also was strong willed enough to stand up to Thorne in his moments of woolheaded idiocy, and that made me smile. I had butterflies while I was reading this, Thorne and Kate both had secrets and scars from their lives, and watching them tiptoe closer and closer to discovering everything about one another kept me on the edge of my seat with my heart in my throat. Thorne, my love. You've inspired me to make a new shelf, it's called the man-pasture and it's where the broken men who can't stand to be restrained are located. Don't misunderstand me, you're still mine and you can't run away, but I am giving you space, unlike poor Raahosh who is shackled to the wall....While I wish there was a little bit less off the drama-llama and pushing away, I loved Thorne and truly enjoyed this story, even if it was a bit of a rocky journey. 4 light-up-for-me StarsThanks for the buddy read action Aileene and Alp :)

  • ♥Rachel♥
    2018-11-17 11:11

    Oh, I adored this installment! Stoic and taciturn Corporal Thorne had a mushy heart underneath it all! Katie was so sweet and strong! Of course, Tessa Dare’s writing was beautiful, clever and wickedly hot!Favorite quotes:She could feel each kiss’s imprint linger like a fiery brand on her skin. He was making her with stamps of his approval. Her passion-swelled mouth…Wanted. Her softly arching neck…Desired. The sweep of her cheekbone…Lovely. And last—the wine-splashed mark at her temple…Sweet. “Remember what I told you,” Aunt Marmoset whispered. “Strong. Overwhelming at first. But with a bit of work, you arrive at the sweetness.”“Whatever soul I had, Katie, I think I placed it in your keeping twenty years ago. And now, it’s as if…every time we kiss, you give a little place of it back.”

  • Sandra
    2018-11-10 13:25

    4.5 STARS TO A FRUSTRATING AND HEARTWARMING HISTORICAL ROMANCE READ! Love is composed of a single soul, inhabiting two bodies.A Lady by Midnight is the 3rd book in the 'Spindle Cove' series. I have read the previous 2, and i absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them. They are amazing! Even though this book wasn't as good, it was pretty damn close!I was a tiny bit hesitant to read this because i didn't really like the characters when i first met them in book 1, but now? I'm happy to say my opinion changed. Meet the main characters!His embrace is all she's ever wanted.Kate Taylor finds friendship and acceptance in Spindle Cove after years of fending for herself. She finds everything, accept love, that is. The very last place she'd look for it is in Carporal Thorn's unwelcoming arms. The militia commander is cold to the bones but brutally handsome at the same time. But when mysterious strangers come searching for Kate, Thorn steps in as her fiance. He claims to only have her safety in mind, so why is there smoldering passion in his kiss?Long ago, Samuel Thorn devoted his life to guarding Kate's happiness. He wants what's best for her, and that's definitely not him. To outlast their temporary engagement, he must keep his hands off her and block out her warm smiles out of his empty heart. It's the toughest battle of this warriors life... one he's destined to loose." You're like a gift," he said, his voice rough. "All wrapped up for someone else. A man can't look at you, but think of loosing those bows, one by one."I think i would enjoy this book so much more if it wasn't for the main characters. They were seriously getting on my nerves most of the time.Thorne was a very....cold character in the beginning. I really didn't like how he treated Kate, he kept on ignoring her and being rude. But he had his reasons, and i understood why he was the way he was. And even if he was sometimes a cold hearted asshole, you could still see the good in him. He is probably one of the most strongest characters i have read about. It's hard not to love him. I really liked how crude he was - I'm not a smoothly spoken man. If i put my wants into words, i'd have you blushing so hard your frock would turn a deeper shade of pink."What i didn't like was how he constantly kept thinking he wasn't good enough for Kate. Throughout the ENTIRE book he thought of himself as unworthy and as a result did things that just made me want to put my fist through a wall."Am i causing you pain?" she asked."Always. Every time you're near."She turned her face away to hide her wounded reaction. "I'm sorry.""Not what i meant." He souded drunk. With his healthy hand, he nudged her jaw until she faced him. "You're too beautiful. It hurts."Kate was a great character that i kinda loved. She had such a good heart! She was kind to everyone, even those who tried to bring her down. She was smart and funny. What i didn't like about her, and what was most annoying, was how hard she tried to make Thorne like her. She literally begged him for complements. Even when the man pushed her around like shit, she was still clinging to him like freaking glue. Ever heard of something called dignity, girl? "Katie, i want you. I can't make it poetry. I can't make it sound anything other than crude, because it is. I want you in my bed. I want you under me, holding me. I want to bury my cock so deep inside of you."Wow. If that doesn't make you swoon, then i don't know what will! The sex scenes between Kate and Thorne were so passionate and hot, but also sweet and tender. Loved them! Especially naked Thorne *wink*Overall,A Lady by Midnight was definitely not a disappointing read! It was funny, passionate and entertaining. A beautifully written Historical Romance that i recommend to anyone! I'm really looking forwards to reading book 4! :)...."Whatever soul i had, Katie, i think i placed it in your keeping twenty years ago. And now, it's as if.... every time we kiss you give a little piece of it back." Thanks Susanne for reading it with me! <3

  • Jill
    2018-10-18 14:03

    For the past year Corporal Samuel Thorne of the local militia has avoided Kate Taylor. Kate is glad for the cold, hard and intimidating Thorne to keep his distance. Until one day Thorne rescues her when she is stranded in a nearby town with no money and unable to return to Spindle Cove.Having been orphaned and left at Margate School when she was four or five years old and raised as a ward of the school till she was twenty-one, Kate is used to being alone. But for the last two years she's found a home of sorts among the misfits of Spindle Cove as a music teacher. With the distinctive and noticeable port wine birthmark on her temple, Kate feels unattractive and unwanted. Thorne's avoidance is evidence of that. But Thorne has his own reasons for ignoring Kate. They have a shared past and Thorne is intent on protecting her from its secrets.This is the fourth (counting the novella Once Upon a Winter's Eve) in this series. Ms Dare has again written an enjoyable, humorous and romantic story. Secrets in their pasts are revealed, and Thorne is a hulking yet sweet protector of the lonely Kate. Determined to leave the army and England and head to America, Thorne's plans are thrown amok when strangers appear in Spindle Cove claiming Kate as one of their own. To protect her, Thorne proposes an engagement of convenience.Although this novel is still to the high standards of Tessa Dare's usual, I didn't find it quite as memorable as her previous two in the series. Thorne and Kate are a wonderful couple and the story is enjoyable.But one aspect that grated is Kate's easy acceptance of (view spoiler)[one of her new family member's lesbian status. Her knowledge seemed completely at odds with her protected life. Plus, since they are a very unconventional lot, it was strange that Evan, the head of the family, was against the betrothal of Thorne and Kate, since it would ruin the marriage prospects of his sister, Lark. But wouldn't Lark's prospects already be rather grim with a sister who is in a lesbian relationship? That's not going to be kept quiet. And when the same sister walks around publicly in pants? And another unmarried sister who lives with a man? (hide spoiler)] Though I don’t have to have complete historical accuracy in my historical romances, this was just glaringly anachronistic and annoying.However, A Lady by Midnight is another very good instalment in the Spindle Cove series from one of my favourite historical romance authors. And Thorne and Kate's romance was delightful and made up for any issues I had. Steam: 3ARC courtesy of Avon via Edelweiss

  • Susanne
    2018-11-16 19:28

    Buddy read with Sandra! Kate realized she had a grave problem. She was infatuated. Or mildly insane. Possible both."That's a very intimidating scowl," she teased. "Do you practice that look in the mirror? I'll be you glare into the looking glass until it shatters."She had been accustomed to thinking of Thorne as an enemy, but after that incident...They were on the same side.The two of them, against the melons of the world.He looked up, pinning her gaze with his. "I know precisely what you need." The deep richness of his voice melted and spread over her skin."Then please." She tugged at his coat, trying to pull him closer. "Please."Kate suddenly had the urge to call a temporary halt to this entire interlude and pay a hasty call on a few of her married friends. Then she'd return wiser, worldlier, and prepared with some kind of soothing poultice for afterwards.The two halves of his being were at war - the half that wanted the best for her, against the half that simply wanted her.What a fabulous book! Full review to come...

  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    2018-11-05 14:18

    A Lady by Midnight is such a wonderful story. Tessa Dare is so talented, so creative... her Spindle Cove stories are every bit as funny as they are poignant, and every bit as sexy as they are romantic! I may write a longer review one day, but trust me on this - just read the series. If you're a fan of historical romance, if you love quirky but compelling characters... just read the series. It's quickly become a favorite, and I am excited to read more!

  • Sam (AMNReader)
    2018-11-09 12:04

    Apparently I need more heroine tags. I really enjoyed Kate in this one. That said, it was a little bit of a miss for me...but only just. I enjoyed the terse and serious Thorne, Kate was a strong, patient, kind character. I really saw her warmth and dug how self-assured she was. Their relationship was great, as was the backstory (I'm a sucker for that)-but that's where my first hang-up is. I wish the enemies-to-lovers thing would've played out a little longer or had a bit more bite. It would've been nice to have it revealed to us a bit more slowly, especially since the sexual tension was great and lasted SOO long. The length and pacing of the relationship is the main reason for the only just. I love that Dare did not make her hero some articulate charismatic man in love, she kept him at few words and Kate learned to interpret his actions. The subplot of her heritage wasn't awful but it was incredibly overboard. That 25% or so of the book was where I got a bit impatient. I think this is what I'm referring to when I say the enemies-to-lovers could have had a bit more play. This had so much time and felt like it became an unnecessary distraction to the rest of the story and characters which felt quite strong. Unfortunately, that's why this is only a 3 despite featuring some of my favorite tropes and feeling light and funny with characters I liked.

  • Zain Otoom
    2018-11-05 14:13

    Again, incredibly ridiculous, cheesy and over dramatic. But this one was surprisingly sweet, and I enjoyed the sweetness it offered.

  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    2018-10-19 13:16

    Oh Captain, my Captain…well I guess Thorne is a corporal but that is close enough for me. He is a hard and sturdy man who seems to have a little soft spot for Kate, not that she would ever know it as he has kept his distance for both their own good. Thorne seems to know something of Kate’s past and wants to keep if hidden from her as the truth might hurt more than not knowing.Kate has always noticed Corporal Thorne and she had heard many tales of his exploits with women but she has always assumed his indifference to her was because of the heart shaped port birthmark on her temple. Little could she know that he is holding a key to her past. They are thrown together in unexpectedly when a group of people come to town believing she is their long lost relation. As they spend more time closely together everything starts to unravel and the secrets of the past will not stay at bay forever. Kate must decide what she wants more, the family she has always longed for or a love she never knew existed.‘Love is composed of a single soul, inhabiting two bodies.’ ” He took her by the shoulders, drawing her close. “It rang true for me, in a way nothing else did. Whatever soul I had, Katie, I think I placed it in your keeping twenty years ago. And now, it’s as if . . . every time we kiss, you give a little piece of it back.”I like Kate, she is stubborn and headstrong but also very loving and tender. I felt very sympathetic to her from the beginning as she had such humble beginnings and was an orphan. If anyone was going to break through that hard shell around Thorne it was her. Thorne is very likable even though he tries to put on a tough exterior he is very broken inside from his past and all of his actions are what he believes to be in the best interest of Kate Tessa Dare novels are usually fun and flirty with just enough angst to make it interesting but not over the top. I really like the way the two of them gradually came together and the bond they were able to create. I also enjoyed how their past played a role and how.Sometimes side characters are what make a novel as well and I do have to say the marquess, his sisters and aunt were fun additions. Harry cracked me up with her unusual manners for a woman of means, Lark with her complete obliviousness to anything dubious and Aunt Marmoset with her wicked tongue.“Well, that’s a lovely view for a picnic,” Aunt Marmoset said, joining them. “I do enjoy gazing upon a well-carved man.” “He’s called ‘the Long Man of Wilmington,’ Aunt Marmoset.” Lark scribbled in her journal.“How odd. I’d been under the impression his name was Corporal Thorne.” Aunt Marmoset came and put her hand in Kate’s pocket. “My dear, hold onto that one. Tightly, and with all four limbs.” Kate blushed. “I don’t know what you mean.” “Yes, you do. We have similar tastes.” The old lady withdrew her hand, leaving Kate’s pocket oddly heavier—full of spice drops, she assumed. “Remember what I told you,” Aunt Marmoset whispered. “Strong. Overwhelming at first. But with a bit of work, you arrive at the sweetness.”What I have learned from reading novels set in Spindle Cove is that anytime there is a ball something eventful is going to happen, they do seem to be cursed. I really did enjoy the characters of this novel and the very cute ending to their story.Solid Fluffy Happy Day Historical Romance.

  • Frankie Lovely
    2018-11-04 14:16

    3.5 starsI was basically here for Thorne! And yes ok maybe a little because his name is Thorne and I'm Lunar Chronicles trashWhat I Liked Corporal Thorne has played supporting roles in the first two books in this series and I will be honest … when I heard about this quiet brooding imposing figure, I immediately sifted through the Spindle Cove series book descriptions to see how far I would have to read till I could see more of him (a LOT more if you know what I mean *wink*). Tessa Dare did not disappoint!This story was probably the most emotional of the series yet. Both Kate and Thorne have struggled to find their place, their worth in the world. Pretty early on, we get the sense that Kate and Thorne have more than just similar pasts, but maybe even pasts that twist and tangle and intertwine. Pasts that hide pain and hurt and loss. Walls have to be broken, barriers torn down … and along the way there are hurt feelings, kept secrets, and a lot of tension.Kate is a very likeable heroine who exudes strength and thankfulness. She is a steadfast friend and she faces the world with an always positive attitude. Although she struggles with her place in the world and has no family she can remember, she doesn't let her past define her. These are qualities that I love to see in people and in characters! She is able to be a safe place for Thorne who struggles internally with his own tragic past. There is also sex (which ok I'm 100% here for that too). Yeah, there are some pretty heavy and beautiful (sometimes cliché) sex scenes in this book, but the true intimacy comes from the emotional journey that these two take with each other. This is the true beauty of Kate and Throne’s romantic development!The writing is exactly the quality that I have come to expect from Tessa Dare, as well as the character development of not just our hero and heroine, but of supporting characters as well.What I Did Not LikeLike with a few other books in this series, I felt as though the natural ending of the story came to a close about 100 pages before the actual ending of the book. Like riding a roller coaster of exciting ups and downs that finishes with a 20 minute slow ride on a straight track before finally landing at the platform. So I will admit … I skim read pretty much the entire ending of this book.At around the 60% mark, Dare basically introduced a whole new storyline into the mix which, I felt, was not melded as well as it could have been into the narrative. I feel like either the inclusion of the new characters and plotline should have been introduced earlier, or perhaps this last bit simply condensed. The plot twists felt a little too melodramatic when paired with the first 60% of the story that I loved. Don't get me wrong, I think that these twists should have been included, but again ... maybe in a more simplistic manner?In ConclusionIf this book had condensed the last 40% of the story a significant amount, this book would have been a 5 star read for me! Unfortunately it dragged significantly toward the end. All in all, an enjoyable story of a beautiful and emotional romance and another great addition to Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove series!Read this review and other on my blogA Thousand Lives of Frankie Lovely

  • KatLynne
    2018-10-21 13:32

    Growing up an orphan, Kate’s greatest desire was to have a family. The mystery surrounding her birth and childhood had me quickly turning each page along with the sexy Corporal Thorne. He’s all closed up keeping secrets himself and struggling to keep his distance from Kate. Thorne is one of those raw, masculine men that women can’t help but notice and I loved Kate’s boldness in bringing them together. Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove stories have become one of my favorite series. Each book offers a hero and heroine you can’t help but adore and the writing is totally engaging. The humor along with the witty dialogue mixes perfectly with the romance making each book a winner.

  • Mandi Schreiner
    2018-11-10 16:28

    An absolutely fabulous romance. I ADORE both the hero and heroine. Goes straight to the top of my favorite of 2012 list. The heroine Kate has a birthmark on her face, and she was abandoned as a young child, ending up in an orphange type school. While her childhood was not horrid, she has always been lonely, having no true family. She lives in Spindle Cove and teaches music.For the past year, Thorne has been stationed with the militia in Spindle Cove. He crushes on Kate..from a distance. To her, he is aloof and cold and never converses with her. For him, Kate is the epitome of beauty and he wants her. But he doesn't think he is good enough for her. *sobs* Oh Thorne! And Kate is so lonely! *sobs* Oh Kate!!!!!And then one day, he has to help her home, and all of a sudden emotions overcome him and he kisses her. SO now she knows he likes her, but he is so stubborn he keeps pushing her away. But Kate is too adorable and won't let him go. And the tables turn, as she is the one that must convince him HE is worth it. He is handsome. SO romantic. SO sexy. I adore.

  • Duchess Nicole
    2018-11-12 15:29

    After reading the second book in this series (which was absolutely FANTASTIC), I was looking forward to Kate and Thorne's story. It was sweet, but I got a bit bored somewhere in the middle. The mystery behind Kate's childhood dragged on and took up more of the plot than the romance. And while Kate and Thorne have been acquaintances since book one of the Spindle Cove series, all of a sudden, we learn that they have a secret past together? It just seemed a bit contrived to make a new book. However, I loved Thorne and Kate as characters. I'm a sucker for the big, brawny quiet heroes...the ones who show up to unobtrusively kick ass before anyone even knows that they're there. I love how he secretly pines for Kate, who deems herself not worthy because of her conspicuous birthmark. Once again, I love that all of the Spindle Cove inhabitants are misfits of a sort and yet their love interest barely notices. This wasn't my favorite book, but I love this series!! Tessa Dare is so funny and she writes fabulously sensuous, passionate scenes without crossing into erotic.

  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    2018-11-14 15:02

    Read this review in its entirety at Fresh FictionTessa Dare has the coveted ability to steal the hearts of readers. Her writing is fluid and strong. It's like stepping into a time machine, she so easily transports readers. She possesses a distinct voice that stands out amongst a sea of already accomplished authors, yet she brings that charm that makes an already polished read sparkle and shine.

  • Daniella
    2018-10-23 14:14

    Again, I find myself in the very awkward position of having the unpopular opinion about a widely loved novel. Again, I find myself asking, "Is it me? Am I just too unforgiving or too critical?" To give myself credit, I did try to read A Lady by Midnight out of loyalty. But alas, it was just so bad I had to stop by the first hundred pages. I have three main issues with the novel:First, the heroine, Kate, was too anachronistic and inconsistent. I don't normally give too much importance on historical accuracy. I'm quite lenient and forgiving with the dialogues and storytelling in a historical romance novel, not really minding if they tend to be too modern at times. But I do have my limits; I know when to raise my eyebrow when the character's actions become too ridiculous for the time set. And Kate's actions were exactly that--ridiculously anachronistic. For instance, Kate actually said the following snarky comments about Thorne in public:“I hope you don’t take Thorne’s crude manners to heart, Miss Taylor.”“Who, me?” She forced a little laugh. “Oh, I’m more sensible than that. Why should I take to heart the words of a heartless man?” She ran a fingertip around the teacup’s rim, thoughtful. “But kindly do me a favor, Mr. Fosbury.”“Whatever you ask, Miss Taylor.”“The next time I’m tempted to extend an olive branch of friendship to Corporal Thorne . . . ?” She arched one brow and gave him a playful smile. “Remind me to whack him over the head with it instead.”The setting is 1814, the Regency era, and I'd bet a great deal of money that talking like that--about a Corporal, no less!--at public was simply not done. Um, correct me if I'm wrong but didn't they have rules of propriety back then?Another issue about Kate is her inconsistency in character. Early on in the novel, she established herself as a very optimistic and resourceful woman, but her actions and thoughts said otherwise. Her worst fears had been realized. She was alone. Not just tonight, but forever. Her own relations had abandoned her years ago. No one wanted her now. She would die alone. Living in some cramped pensioner’s apartment like Miss Paringham’s, drinking thrice-washed tea and chewing on her own bitterness.Wow. A ball of sunshine, this girl. And oh, don't let me get started with her snarky comments.And when she lifted her head, she was guaranteed to find a friendly face, unless . . .“Miss Taylor?”Unless.Unless it was him.“Corporal Thorne,” she whispered.On another day, Kate could have laughed at the irony. Of all the men to come to her rescue, it would be this one.Um, girl, the man just saved you from getting whipped and this is how you repay him??? What is wrong with you?Second, some of the scenes or events were over-the-top and illogical, with no proper buildup. I'm talking about the events that transpired in Chapter 2, where Miss Paringham, Kate's old schoolmistress in the orphanage, actually beat her with a cane out of spite. Yeah. You read that right. The old woman caned her. And for what, you ask? “You never liked me,” Kate whispered. “I knew it. You always made it clear, in small, unspoken ways, that any kindness you showed me was begrudged.”“Very well. You are correct. I never liked you.”...“May I ask on what basis was I so reviled? I was appropriately grateful for every small thing I was given. I didn’t cause mischief. I never complained. I minded my lessons and earned high marks.”“Precisely. You showed no humility. You behaved as though you had as much claim to joy as any other girl at Margate. Always singing. Always smiling.”The idea was so absurd, Kate couldn’t help but laugh. “You disliked me because I smiled too much? Should I have been melancholy and brooding?”I don't know about you, but having an illogical dislike at a person is not a legitimate excuse for violence. Ugh. This seemed to be the writer's pathetic effort to evoke some sympathy from us. In my case, at least, that failed miserably, and made things look ridiculous and too blown out of proportion.In the same chapter as well, Kate nearly gets whipped by an irate cart driver who got irritated at her for disturbing his horse. Okay, I get it, he was mad, but hello, this was the Regency, and I highly doubt that whipping a lady in the streets account for a normal action. Again with the anachronism. Sigh.Third, the writing was just too horrible. This was actually the deal breaker, for me. I could have stomached the first two issues had it not been for the writing. I was shocked, actually. It's been a long time since I read her one of her books, but I remembered liking them. What happened? Did she change? Or did I?But then again, I read her way before I read the works of Lorraine Heath, Elizabeth Hoyt, Lisa Kleypas and Amanda Quick. Maybe my standards changed. I don't know what happened, but I find myself unable to stomach such storytelling. There were too many simple sentences, with no proper transitioning. The characters' thoughts were too disjointed to create a proper image. Unnecessary breaks between thoughts were too abundant. For example:Chilling, those words. But effective. The cart swiftly rolled away.And:She burst into tears. Right there in the street, for God’s sake. Her lovely face screwed up. She bent forward until her forehead met his chest, and then she heaved a loud, wrenching sob.Then a second. And a third.That's not really my idea of a smooth narration. I'm sorry, but I have to add this to my DNF list. Others may have liked it, but for reasons stated above, I just can't do so. I certainly don't recommend this.

  • Lisa Kay
    2018-10-29 11:30

    Quote from “A Lady by Midnight,” by Tessa Dare★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Nicely read by Carolyn Morris. The men sound like men and the women like women, all with their own distinguishing voice. Accents are good, as well as inflections. Good pacing. I’ll admit that I’m reading my way though this series in order to get to book #5. However, I thought I would have to trudge through one or two of the books - and instead find I am quite enjoying the journey, as TD is an excellent writer. Lovely story, this one. A very tender love story, thus different from book #2, which has been my favorite thus far. Even though this installment is more tender, the characters are strong, if the heroine is a bit consistently optimistic. I was in the mood for optimism, so hers worked for me.I like that I really, really thought the book was going to go one way - on more than one occasion - and it didn’t. Plus, there is a wonderful epilogue - years in the future! Yay!

  • Letitia
    2018-10-18 11:28

    Rating: A ... Heat: HotKate Taylor has found a home and true friends in Spindle Cove. After a childhood spent at an austere school for young ladies, she has built some measure of peace and happiness for herself at the seaside locale. That peace is transformed into chaos when a kooky family, the Grammercys, come calling upon Kate--claiming her as their long lost cousin.Corporal Thorne doesn't trust the Grammercys. When it comes to Kate's well-being and happiness, he will do anything to protect her. Even if it means breaking his vow to himself to stay away from her. Becoming betrothed to her, in order to offer her his protection, seems like the natural thing to do. After years of watching out for her, it's the least he can do before departing from her life for good.Kate was such a delightful heroine. From the very first, she had my heart. And it was tugged and poked and prodded at with each hurtful comment or painful memory she had to endure. Eternally optimistic, with a strength deep within, Kate had me rooting for her. It was gratifying to have a heroine so wholly her own person and not dependent on anyone else. Her desire for a connection, to know someone out there wants her - loves her - was deeply touching. Kate and I clicked immediately.Corporal Thorne had me with a puppy, a turnpike, a loaf of warm bread, and an even hotter first kiss. A man haunted by his past, he suffers from low self worth. He has seen and done things he believes makes him unworthy of love or affection. Or even capable of love himself. And yet he has such a strong, beating heart buried under many, many protective layers. Thorne is brave and honorable and chivalrous. His need for connection, for someone out there to see him and still want him - to know his darkness and not punish him for it - was so heartrending.And then there are the Grammercys, a nutty bunch of aristocrats who sweep into Kate's life and shake things up. There is Harry, a fun and modern woman with a sharp tongue... Lark, a sweet young lady who can cut to the quick of the matter... Evan, the patriarch of the family, filled with such turmoil, such fierce devotion... And Aunt Marmoset, full of open arms and pockets full of spice drops.I also loved Miz Dare's use of tattoos. They were such powerful markers of a rough life, the hardships Thorne had to face. And the epilogue featured such a moving way to transform them into something loving and beautiful.A Lady by Midnight is a sensational and stirring tale of two people finding themselves and each other. It is fraught with heartache and hope and love and laughs. Kate and Thorne heat the pages hotter than an adder snake venom-induced fever. (Which will make more sense once you’ve read it.)In March I declared A Week to Be Wicked (also by Miz Dare) to be my favorite Regency Era Historical Romance of 2012... Well, now I believe I'll revise that statement and declare it a tie! Favorite Quote: “Katie.” He groaned. “I burn for you.” Just a few husky words, but coming from a man so taciturn, she thought they must equal poetry. I burn for you. So hot, those words. So dangerous. Their effect was incendiary.-- A Romantic Book Affairs ReviewFind us on Twitter and Facebook too!

  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    2018-10-22 17:18

    ► Verdict? Not unforgettable, but exactly what I needed tonight.

  • Melanie
    2018-11-04 13:18

    I really love the 'Spindle Cove' series from Tessa Dare and 'A Lady by Midnight' is now officially my favorite. There's just something special about this little village on the coast of England filled to the brim with eccentric spinsterish-type ladies and manly militia men that screams "stop here for a good time"! This installment is slightly less fluffy than the previous offerings IMO, but it's still a lighthearted historical romance that delivers - and the gruff Corporal Thorne and Miss Kate Taylor are Spindle Cove's most exciting pairing to date.Since first introduced to this seaside retreat, we've seen glimpses of interest from Corporal Thorne in Spindle Cove's resident music teacher Kate. Thorne is the quintessential tough soldier who keeps his feelings tightly reigned and exudes masculine authority. Having done his best to avoid the beautiful Miss Taylor during his year in Spindle Cove, he can't help but come to her rescue when she's distressed and in need. Kate's dislike of Thorne stems from his obvious attempts to avoid her, but when he helps her and makes the reason for his avoidance clear, she's starts seeing him in a whole new light. What follows is an endearing romance that includes an engagement under pretense and an illumination of a past that Kate had no idea they shared.What I loved about Thorne was his innate quiet strength. Yet for all his strength he still feels such sad shame for his "debased" sexual interest in sweetly innocent Katie. His early years were so incredibly hard and despite this he still managed to make something of himself - yet he harbored this view that he was unworthy of anything good and clean. I really liked that Katie was able to sooth and help heal Thorne's demons - and he hers. Although this love match is devoid of any titles or standing, it still stands as Spindle Cove's best match of the season... at least for me. I can't wait to see what Dare delivers next!

  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ
    2018-10-20 17:23

    I love plain heroines, but here it doesn't work very well since the only one who thinks that is the heroine herself. Yes, she's an orphan who was taught to think certain way about herself, but it simply doesn't work well.What I loved? Thorne, definitely Thorne. I enjoyed the moment when she realized how wrong she was about him. All those silent, wonderful actions done without waiting for acknowledgement or gratitude. Despite the convenient from the past device, mid-story dragging a bit, occasionally infuriating heroine's actions (some are forgiven for certain horrible things they had done in the past, some are forgiven for the things they are doing in the present, and some are furiously and unfairly attacked), I enjoyed it.

  • ♥ℳelody
    2018-10-21 16:12

    What a delicious read! Since Payne & Minerva's book I was eager to get my hands on Thorne and Kate's story. Samuel a.k.a Corporal Thorne and Miss Kate Taylor really captured my interest and heart from the get-go. Thorne is a gruff monosyllabic lumbering brute of a hero with a dark past and secrets to spare which include some intriguing tattoos. Yum yum YUM. He was pushing all the right buttons for me as a brooding quiet hero. He reminded me a lot of Kev from Seduce Me at Sunrise one of my all time favorite HR heroes. His all-consuming love and quiet devotion and yearning for Kate was just enthralling and heart melting. The quiet protector who keeps watch and makes sure the woman he cares for is happy and safe. Made me melt. His intensity and lengths he went to just to protect Kate and insure her happiness was sweet and very sexy. Like DAMN. I do wish we got to see a little more of that insatiable lustful carnal appetite of his play out on the page which was hinted at here and there. *sigh* I kept wishing he didn't hold back for Kate's sake. :P I thought Kate made a wonderful heroine I was happy she found her long-lost family she yearned to find for years. The Gramercy family were quite colorful and eccentric, just what Katie needed to fit in and feel welcomed. I will say Lord Dewe, Evan did push my buttons a few times, especially near the end with his outrageous incensed reaction to finding out Kate and Thorne are getting married. That was kind of a jumping the shark WTF? moment for me that I wish didn't happen. His no impulse control was ridiculous. That whole 'battle' between the two guys during the ball came off a bit silly and I wanted someone to knock dear cousin Evan unconscious the way he was going off and intent on literally killing Samuel. Of course there is a deep 'dirty' secret Samuel is hiding and trying very hard to keep from Kate the entire year since he came to Spindel Cove. They shared a history together long ago that Kate has no recollection of. It was exciting to see how it all played out and seeing the puzzle pieces slowly come together until the final reveal. While Kate's reaction after finding out was expected and understandable I wasn't really pleased with how she handled it. I thought her words to Thorne were cruel and unfair. Yes he went about it the wrong way but it came with good selfless intentions. I couldn't help but feel protective of him given what he went through and how much he sacrificed for her. I thought she was unfair and hypocritical given how she finds out the Gramercy's were hiding something from her as well the very same day but handled it differently. What annoyed me was how she realized her hypocrisy over her reaction between the two circumstances but didn't do a thing about it and shrugged it off thinking it was too late. Really Kate?? I thought her better than that. For a tormented hero with an ugly inscrutable past I think Samuel may be my fav Tessa Dare hero, and Ms. Dare has a catalog full of them from what I've read so far. lol He kept breaking my heart and turning me to mush with his actions and non-verbal ways of showing his adoration of Miss Taylor. <3 I'm the kind of gal who loves guys who have this all-consuming near obsessive kind of devotion towards the woman they love. It's delicious. And to try and hide all that pent up love from them? All the more delicious and intriguing. There was a Beauty and the Beast vibe to the story which I found charming and sweet and not contrived. I adored that Thorne tried to make himself a gentleman for Kate and took dancing lessons from Payne (which cracked me up) something he was clearly not comfortable with or happy about. He constantly views himself below Kate and undeserving of her, he's not educated and has a checkered past that he tries hard not to reveal. He broke my heart how little he thought of himself and his low self esteem and self worth. I really wanted someone to champion him and make him see he was deserving of a lady like Kate and he could indeed make her happy. Dare really loves her tormented grumbling passionate heroes and Thorne was no exception. He excelled at being abrasive, quiet and keeping to himself yet hiding a very vulnerable good heart. Loved him! <3 I was a bit worried that the hero was sacrificing/changing too much of himself to fit the image of a gentleman for Kate. While it was romantic and sweet I didn't want him to give up his own dream just to make Kate happy when she made no request for him to do so. I'm glad there was a compromise in the end and the epilogue was a nice finishing touch. I like how two 'lost' people found family, love and happiness in each other after everything they went through. I could go on and on about this book. I know there is more that I enjoyed from this story that I'm probably forgetting. I almost didn't want to finish it I was enjoying it so much. Wonderful story and beautiful adorable couple!

  • Mei
    2018-11-15 16:32

    Another wonderful addition to the series!I loved the Thorne's rawness! He was really fantastic! His feelings are so extreme, so raw that is was a pleasure to read about them!Also Kate was great! Her desire for family and her need to remeber was excellently done. I could feel what she was feeling!Their love story was so tender and sweet. Just some quotes I loved:“Do you know what Aunt Marmoset told me once? She compared you to a spice drop. Overpowering and hard at first, but all sweetness at the center. I’ll admit, I’ve been desperate to try an experiment.” She gave him a teasing look. “How many times do you suppose I could lick you before you crack?” -------------"So are you." She put a hand to his bare chest, tracing the defined ridges of his musculature. "Like a diamond. Hard and gleaming, and cut with all these exquisite facets. Inside...pure, brilliant fire.” -------------“I love you, too,” she said. He lifted his head, surprised. “Did I say it?” She smiled. “Only several times.” “Oh. Then good.” He kissed her again. “I felt it enough for a thousand.”

  • Sarah
    2018-11-08 18:12

    22/10 - 3.5 stars. This was quite good. I had a couple of chuckles here and there, but ultimately Thorne's attitude towards his own self-worth was more irritating than the story was good. His incessant refusal to believe that he was good enough for Kate grated on my nerves. I don't like heroes who think they know what's best for the heroines in their lives. If she says she loves him and is willing to overlook whatever it is that he thinks makes him not good enough for her, who is he to disagree? Especially in this particular instance. One of Thorne's main reasons for 'protecting' Kate from himself is that she's being accepted into a 'ton' family who might reject her for bringing scandal down on their name, but he knows that she lived in the dancing house/brothel, he was there with her. So why would him living in the dancing house be anymore scandalous than her living in the same place? To me it just seemed like a weak excuse for a 'hurdle' that Thorne and Kate had to get over before they could find their HEA.

  • Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
    2018-11-18 17:08

    Ever since I found out that this book was going to be Kate and Thorne’s story, I’ve been counting down the days to its release on 28 August. So imagine my surprise when a mysterious package, postmarked Spindle Cove, popped through my letter box on 26 August. I quickly tore off the brown paper wrapping and inside was an old battered journal. With baited breath I opened the journal and started reading.Miss Bessie Busybody, Spindle Cove, Summer 1814It all started a year ago when Corporal Thorne marched into Spindle Cove with the other militia men. I didn’t have much time for the man. He was always so stern, gruff and intimidating. That all changed the day I was taking tea with a friend in The Blushing Pansy. Miss Kate Taylor, our resident music teacher, had just finished her performance at the pianoforte and was curtsying in response to the enthusiastic applause. At that moment, I happened to glance around the room and saw Corporal Thorne’s reaction. It was the nearest to any human emotion I had ever seen him display. He was clearly shocked at seeing Kate Taylor. How strange I thought. Perhaps there was more to Corporal Thorne than I had first supposed. Well, here I am a year later and still no further forward in solving the mystery of Corporal Thorne. I thought there might be some connection between him and Miss Taylor but events seemed to have proved me wrong. He avoids her like the plague and I think she would rather he were anywhere but Spindle Cove.I admire Miss Taylor so much for her warmth, kindness and compassion. Despite spending a loveless childhood in that austere Margate school for orphaned girls, she still has such a positive attitude to life. She has plenty of courage as well. I saw that for myself when I was taking tea with a friend one day in the Bull and Blossom. I watched Miss Taylor suddenly march up to Corporal Thorne and, although I couldn’t catch all of the conversation that passed between them, I did hear her say…"Stay and listen while we play our best for you. Applaud when we finish. Tap your toes to the rhythm, if you like. Give Miss Elliott a bit of encouragement. And shock me to the fingernails by proving you’ve a smidgen of compassion." Well, I held my breath wandering what the Corporal might do but he simply got up and walked out without looking back. Rude man!You could have knocked me down with a feather when I heard this little tidbit. It seems Miss Taylor got stranded in Hastings after visiting her old headmistress and apparently Corporal Thorne came to her rescue. I expect Miss Taylor wondered why it had to be HIM of all men. What was intriguing was the fact they didn’t arrive back in Spindle Cove until after dark with both of them on Corporal Thorne’s horse! Fancy being that close to such a man! Somehow they seemed to have acquired a dog as well that answers to the name of Badger.My goodness, there’s real excitement here. Mrs Nichols told me about the wealthy, titled, eccentric family who are staying at The Queen’s Ruby. I think she said their name was Gramercy or some such and they’re actually claiming to be Miss Taylor’s long lost relatives! If it’s true, I’ll be so pleased for her because it will be a dream come true. I know she’s never given up hope of one day finding her true family.They may be odd but the more I see of the Gramercys, the more I like them. They do appear genuine in their love for Miss Taylor and their wish for her to take her place as a member of the family. Perhaps, at long last, she’ll be able to find answers to her questions about her parentage.I popped into the All Things shop and Sally Bright couldn’t wait to tell me how Corporal Thorne announced to the Gramercys that he and Miss Taylor are engaged. I have to say this came as something of a shock. I didn’t even think they liked each other. Apparently, it all happened on the way back from Hastings. Something about Miss Taylor seeing Corporal Thorne in a totally different light – protective rather than intimidating, not to mention very handsome. There was talk of a kiss as well. It must have been some kiss, that’s all I can say!Oh gosh! It will take me months to catch up on everything that has being going on while I’ve been away from Spindle Cove looking after poor Cousin Agatha.There was something about an exploding melon – (no idea what that could be about), a surprise engagement party that didn’t go exactly to plan – (do they ever?), someone getting bitten by a snake – (remember to secure all doors and windows), terrible secrets being revealed – (that must involve the Corporal), Lord Payne giving Corporal Thorne dancing lessons – (WHAT!), a duel – (isn’t that against the law?) and an unorthodox wedding – (what’s so unorthodox about a wedding?).Oh well, plenty of time to finish this journal.28 August 2012Drat, drat and triple drat! Now I’ll have to purchase the book to find out what happens. I hope it’s worth it!29 August 2012Well, I’ve just finished reading A Lady by Midnight and did it live up to expectations. YES! YES! YES!It was filled with tender romance, unforgettable characters, delicious sexual tension, angst, passionate love scenes and humour plus a wonderful epilogue.VERDICT: HIGHLY RECOMMENDEDRATING: ★★★★★Review also posted on my blog:

  • Laura the Highland Hussy
    2018-11-02 16:19

    Review posted on Demon Lover's Books & More This is Kate and Thorne’s story, and I was so excited after reading A Week to Be Wicked, that I had to find a way to read this one. I was lucky enough to be approved for a review copy and can I just say I devoured this book. Kate was orphaned at a young age, but she has a port wine birthmark on her temple. Some have told her (to her face!) that it’s the mark of the devil. With the outside world acting as if she’s somehow less of a person because of a birthmark, Spindle Cove has been a haven to Kate. There, she can teach music and live in peace with her few friends. But something shakes up her peace. When the regiment was stationed in Spindle Cove (back inA Night to Surrender) one man stood out to Kate, but he seems to hate her so much. He’s actually left the room when she’s walked in. What did she ever do to this man to make him dislike her so intensely? This book opens with Kate having a horrible day. She’s looking for information on her parents, anything will help, and she’s meeting dead ends and being stonewalled. She’s nearly run over by a carriage, she hasn’t enough money to spend the night in an inn, and it’s growing late. And then Thorne appears. He is put in the awkward position of taking her home. And you know what? He doesn’t hate her. Unfortunately for Thorne’s tight control, he slips up and kisses Kate. From that point on, it’s a daily struggle not to seek her out. His iron-clad will is nothing but mush and no matter how hard he clings to its remnants, Kate pushes and pushes until he lets her in. But in the meantime, she has a batch of visitors waiting for her, ready to give her a fortune, a family, and most importantly, acceptance. This wild and slightly eccentric family claims Kate is one of theirs and they want her. Thorne steps up as a pretend fiance to protect Kate from the newcomers. He knows much more than he has ever let on, and he wants to know what these too-friendly strangers “really” want from Kate. But what does he know about her past? With a new family descending en masse, will she want someone as base and coarse as Thorne? Or will she take her future into her own hands? ***ARC courtesy of Avon and Edelweiss

  • Kelly22
    2018-10-31 13:13

    4.00 Stars - Regency/Historical Romance.Corporal Samuel Thorne has always been on a road to keep a distance from Kate Taylor who in turn is happy with the arrangement since he is a tad bit stiff, uncompromising and reticent for her taste. For some time now, after growing up in a stout orphanage, Kate has found a place and some good friends at Spindle Cove as a music teacher. What happened to her parents and her background was always a mystery to her. Moreover she has a redundant unique birthmark on her temple for which she is often evicted in a way.She feels down and imagines gentlemen habitually ignore her as a result of it. Gentlemen including the indomitable and handsome Corporal Samuel Thorne that is. What she is unknown to is that the very man, in fact, sports not only fair amount of attraction but also possessiveness for her safety which he senses is fragile. Alas, he has a mind to hide it for his own reasons.Thorne is one big protective alpha male with a dark childhood and aggressive military past. He is starchy, talks less, explains less, and cares less. Kate on the other hand can be simply classified as a delightfully talkative, little Miss Sunshine. Being poles apart brings these two close, forging a loyal and solid friendship with heavy sparks of romance, when life take a new turn with the arrival of people from Kate’s past. When secrets are revealed, the going gets tough for the characters to maintain equilibrium and follow their heart in order to reach the one sought after expedition of happily ever after. I loved reading this book though A Week To Be Wicked is my favorite in the lot. The interactions and dialogues between the two leads were skillfully written and will alone grip the readers’ interest throughout the whole book without too much intermission. This can easily be regarded as another winner of this wonderful series by Ms Tessa Dare. Fans of this series will agree along with the new readers who choose to pick this up.***ARC courtesy: Edelweiss and Avon Books***